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There are several locally grown foods kids will gobble up fresh — apples, carrots, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers are just a few! But, if you’re looking for recipes kids are bound to enjoy, you’ve come to the right place.

Select the "Right" Recipe

Annette Derouin of Willmar Public Schools spent hours reading recipe books and searching the Internet for appropriate recipes that she could “scale up” for foodservice. You can reap the rewards of her efforts and other Minnesota schools by using the quantity and Home recipes that are on this website. Annette used the following criteria to identify the perfect Farm to School recipes for her district:

Featured Recipes

In addition to the quantity and Home recipes available within each of the featured Minnesota Farm to School foods, try one of these Farm to School recipes from foodservice directors across the state:

Chicken Chow Mein with Boy Choy

Beets n Sweets

Make Your Own Chow Mein Sauce

Cold Beet Salad

Barbecued Chicken

Mexicali Corn

Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes

Cranberry Sauce

Vegetable Chili

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread

Beet and Orange Salad


Additional Recipe Resources:

Here are some additional recipe resources you may enjoy.

HealthierUS School ChallengeUSDA Team Nutrition — These cookbooks include a collection of kid-approved recipes that can be incorporated into the National School Lunch Program.

Menus that MoveOhio Department of Education — A set of seasonal cycle menus to help schools serve tasty meals that fit within the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new meal guidelines.

Now We’re CookingMinnesota Department of Health — Collection of simple scratch recipes that have been tested in Minnesota cafeterias for student acceptability, cost and ease of preparation. From Turkey Sloppy Joes to a Spring Salad Mix, any school can add variety, good nutrition and great taste by adding one or more of these recipes.

Fresh from the Farm: The Massachusetts Farm to School CookbookMassachusetts Department of Education

Fruit and Veggie Quantity Recipe CookbookNew Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

Vermont Farm to School: A Guide to Using Local Foods in Schools — Includes seasonal recipes and menu ideas.

The Lunch Box: Healthy ToolsVermont FEED — For All Schools, packed with solutions at your fingertips, use any of these free tools to transform your school food into healthy and delicious food for all children, at every school.

School Food Service Recipe FinderUSDA's Team Nutrition — Includes large and small scale recipes.

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